A pair of Homer businessmen has filed to run for two open seats on the Homer City Council. Corbin Arno and Gus Van Dyke share a belief that government spending in Homer is out of control.
The filing period for the Oct. 1 municipal and Kenai Peninsula Borough election opened Aug. 1 and as of Thursday, two candidates have filed to run for the Homer City Council.
Thirty-two-year-old Corbin Arno is a lifelong Homer resident. He is employed as a manager of his family’s business, Arno Construction. Arno told the Homer Tribune that he decided to run for office to stem the tide of increased city regulations, which he said are hurting local businesses.
Arno is a member of the grassroots group “Homer Voice for Business,” which was formed this year to oppose the City of Homer’s latest plan to overhaul water and sewer rates.
Gus Van Dyke, owner of Scruggs Automotive on Ocean Drive, has also filed to run for the city council.
In a candidate statement, Van Dyke said he chose to run because he feels that Homer city government is growing too much and spending too much money. Arno said the city has a bad habit of finding ways to overtax businesses and residents when it runs short on funding.
Arno and Van Dyke will compete for two open seats on the city council, which are currently held by incumbent council members James Dolma and Bryan Zak. As of Thursday afternoon, no one else – including Dolma or Zak – had filed to run for the seats, which are for three-year terms.
The candidacy filing period is open until 5 p.m. Thursday. All potential candidates must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years of age. Candidates must also live within the boundaries of the City of Homer and must have lived in Homer for at least one year prior to the election.
In the Oct. 1 municipal and borough election, Homer voters will also be voting on a referendum to repeal an ordinance that banned plastic grocery bags. The ordinance passed the city council last year and went into effect Jan. 1.